“Sure, honey, I’d love to try that new vegan/Thai/Total Tofu/Love These Legumes place where you only take five bites of food/drink detox dandelion tea/share a table with twenty strangers having an existential debate about why we’re here. That sounds like fun!”

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“No, I wasn’t watching anything. You choose.”

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“Your shoes look fine with those pants. They do. No, really, they do. You don’t like them? Okay. No, we’re fine, we’ve got time…oh yeah, yep,ย those look good. Definitely. Much better. Ready to go?”

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“I read the e-mail. Just remind me what it was about?”

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“So you’re signed up to do a potluck? Plus an away game, two appointments, meeting the plumber, folding laundry, picking up that present, and the dog just puked up a mystery substance? Oh yeah, you’ve got this, babe. No worries.”